Environmental Education

PWA’s education program includes a suite of outreach activities and events. The goal of PWA’s education program is to foster appreciation of nature and to promote responsible stewardship of the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.

Educating About the Environment & Natural Resources

education - a watershed model shows how water flows

a watershed model shows how water flows and how stormwater carries contaminants into ponds

Waste Reduction, Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification

Via PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful initiative, we work with community members and towns on the Pemaquid Peninsula to minimize the amount of waste that goes into landfills, increase the amount of materials that are recycled, pick up litter, and make improvements in the public spaces.

Educating About Best Practices for Keeping Ponds Clean

  • Via the LakeSmart Program, PWA provides free, site-specific technical support to help pondside residents take the best care of their property to protect pondwater quality.
  • Via our Courtesy Boat Inspection Program, PWA shares information with boaters about how transporting hitchhiking plants jeopardizes the ponds and shows them ways to prevent the spread of invasive plants.
  • birding in winter
    bird watching hike at Crooked Farm Preserve


Connecting Young People with the Natural World and with the Source of Their Food

PWA partners with University of Maine Extension to bring the Maine Apprentice Gardener program to Great Salt Bay School and Bristol Consolidated School. Through hands-on learning, students discover how to take care of Earth while growing food.

Fostering a Sense of Community for Collective Caring for Our Ponds

Every summer PWA organizes “PWA Ponders” gatherings as a way for people who care about a particular pond to come together, get to know each other and PWA, and discuss pond stewardship.

Educational Adventures

PWA encourages getting out on the land and water as a way to invigorate the senses and connect with nature. The PWA Paddlers lead a suite of free weekly paddling trips each summer, fostering appreciation of our natural resources through recreation. Check our calendar for interpretive hikes, birdwatching outings, and more.

Helping Fish & Wildlife Thrive

education - volunteer putting up wood duck box in Pemaquid River

volunteer putting up wood duck box in Pemaquid River

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Environmental Education News

  • TALKIN’ TRASH: The Trouble with Litter According to a 2009 litter survey, more than 51 billion pieces of litter appear alongside American roads each year — 6,729 items per mile of roadway!
    In the 40 years between study in 1969 and the 2009 study, paper, metal, glass, and beverage container litter has … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: Good Practices for Small Businesses Success of a business can be measured by the three E’s: economy, employees, and the environment. Most businesses are created to be economically viable — the business needs to make enough money to reap a profit. Employees who are productive, happy, and safe in their … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: Recycling Odds and Ends, Part I Have you ever wondered about how to properly dispose of those odd items? By that I mean the ones that you don’t have to get rid of very often, which means that trying to figure out what to do with them to keep them out … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: Lincoln County Recycling and Composting We’ve talked in past Talkin’ Trash posts about the how to’s of recycling, but just what happens to the things we put in recycling? Locally, most recyclables go the Lincoln County Recycling (LCR) Plant in Wiscasset. Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Environmental Actions steering committee had an … Read more →
  • Butt Ugly What would you guess is the most collected litter at Pemaquid Watershed Association’s annual cleanup around Pemaquid Point? Beverage cans and bottles? Food wrappers? Plastic bags? Wrong. Twice as many cigarette butts are picked up than all those other types of litter combined. According to … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: The Trouble with Litter According to a 2009 litter survey, more than 51 billion pieces of litter appear alongside American roads each year — 6,729 items per mile of roadway!
    In the 40 years between study in 1969 and the 2009 study, paper, metal, glass, and beverage container litter has … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: Good Practices for Small Businesses Success of a business can be measured by the three E’s: economy, employees, and the environment. Most businesses are created to be economically viable — the business needs to make enough money to reap a profit. Employees who are productive, happy, and safe in their … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: Recycling Odds and Ends, Part I Have you ever wondered about how to properly dispose of those odd items? By that I mean the ones that you don’t have to get rid of very often, which means that trying to figure out what to do with them to keep them out … Read more →
  • TALKIN’ TRASH: Lincoln County Recycling and Composting We’ve talked in past Talkin’ Trash posts about the how to’s of recycling, but just what happens to the things we put in recycling? Locally, most recyclables go the Lincoln County Recycling (LCR) Plant in Wiscasset. Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Environmental Actions steering committee had an … Read more →
  • Butt Ugly What would you guess is the most collected litter at Pemaquid Watershed Association’s annual cleanup around Pemaquid Point? Beverage cans and bottles? Food wrappers? Plastic bags? Wrong. Twice as many cigarette butts are picked up than all those other types of litter combined. According to … Read more →

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